I usually look for stories that can keep my interest but aren't so suspenseful that I can't fall asleep, and this fits the bill perfectly. The stories are told with dramatic flair and some spooky music, which I liked in this case. The stories are old-fashioned and somewhat victorian, very well-written and here, very well-spoken. Although the files are about 4 hours long each, at least they are broken into two seperate files.
As other reviewers have mentioned, this book is a bit slow to introduce J. Strange, however I did not find this a problem. I was actually drawn to keep listening to find out how he will be introduced into the story. The lives of several interesting characters are played out in beautiful, haunting, surreal settings and situations. The supernaturality, as opposed to deterring from the humanity of the story, serves to magnify it. This is a storytelling of depth and skill, entertaining and thoughful. I highly recommend it!
I actually found myself fascinated by stories of stromatolites and geological societies... and i can listen to this over and over again without being bored, which is saying a lot because i usually have the attention span of a squirrel. Bill Bryson has given a gift to the world by illuminating important but typically dry information in a fascinating story-like book. I hope he will publish many more books like this, although his travel books are also among my favorites, especially A Walk in the Woods.
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